an encrusted deposit, especially on a submerged object, as the hull of a ship.

Nearby words

  1. foulage,
  2. foulard,
  3. foulbrood,
  4. fouled-up,
  5. foulie,
  6. foully,
  7. foulmart,
  8. foulmouthed,
  9. foulness,
  10. fouls

Origin of fouling

1350–1400; Middle English foulinge; see foul, -ing1

Related formsnon·foul·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019